A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
—Anais Nin (1903–1977)
Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry … I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.
—Charlie Brown to Snoopy in Peanuts, by Charles Schulz
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
A good friend is a connection to life—a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.
—Lois Wyse (1926–2007)
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing … not healing, not curing … that is a friend who cares.
—Henri Nouwen (1932–1996)
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.
—Gloria Naylor (b. 1950)
There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself—an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.
—Antisthenes (445–365 bc)
A cheerful friend is like a sunny day spreading brightness all around.
—John Lubcock (1834–1913)
A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.
I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.—Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881)